Tuesday, January 19, 2010

If you can't beat 'em, ban them. 

Now that the shooting has largely died down, or at least it's not generally U.S. troops being shot, Iraq has fallen off people's radar screens.

But it should fall too far - otherwise some very important happenings might get overlooked.

For example, just recently the Iraqi government took the interesting step of banning 500 potential candidates from upcoming elections. So much for Iraq being a democracy.

Banning certain candidates is one of the main things that got Iran put squarely in the camp of non-democratic governments. Presumably then there is no reason for Iraq to be viewed differently.

So lets step back and see what this might tell us about the motivations behind the U.S.'s invasion in 2003.

Obviously the invasion didn't happen because of "weapons of mass destruction" because as we all no Iraq didn't have any. The former chief U.N. Arms Inspector, who was also a former officer in the United States Marines, screamed as much at the top of his lungs prior to the invasion.

Further, the invasion clearly wasn't to bring "democracy" to Iraq, as these actions clearly show it isn't democracy that has been brought to Iraq.

Soooooooooo, that leaves what? Oil?

Naaaaah, couldn't be. Could it?


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